Developer rings the changes in the Lake District

Acting on behalf of a local developer/investor, Peill & Company Ltd, the PAI member for Cumbria and The Lake District have let a former BT Telephone Exchange to a local bistro, restaurant and delicatessen operator in Coniston in the heart of The Lake District National Park. Peill & Company Ltd advised on the complete refurbishment and redevelopment of the BT Exchange which included a fully glazed front elevation and extension to create kitchens and preparation rooms together with an outside seating/dining area to take full advantage of the stunning views of the surrounding Lakeland fells. The property, which lies immediately adjacent to the Bluebird Museum (where it is proposed that Donald Campbell’s Bluebird boat from his ill-fated world speed record attempt on nearby Coniston Water will be displayed later in the year). A pre-let was agreed with a local bistro/restaurant operator and Simon Adams, Managing Director of Peill & Company Ltd commented ‘the refurbishment, extension and letting of the former exchange building, demonstrates the good on-going demand within The Lake District National Park for catering opportunities as there was demand from a range of occupiers and our client eventually chose the delicatessen/café as the successful operator. Whilst there are a number of successful pubs in the village, Coniston has needed an alternative offer for a while and the new property, on Yewdale Road should prove to be a valued compliment to the existing range of traders and operators in the village.’